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Honey badgers are intelligent animals who are notorious for their strength, ferocity and toughness. They are known for being tireless in combat and embody the capability to exhaust much larger animals in physical confrontations in order to prevail. Because of their shared character traits, it seems only fitting that the honey badger stands as the mascot for the Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC).

A group of strong, intelligent men and women set out on Saturday to cover all of North Carolina when they traveled from Murphy to Manteo to celebrate Young Democrat Day.

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The volunteer group, Franklin Young Professionals (FYP), hosted their inaugural Macon Waves Ducky Derby event last Saturday to benefit the FYP Scholarship Fund. In conjunction with the North Carolina Big Sweep and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, volunteers gathered at the Greenway's Big Bear Park to pitch in.

The event started with community volunteers who braved the Little Tennessee River Saturday morning to remove debris and trash from the river banks. The river clean-up is part of a state-wide initiative known as NC Big Sweep. The Macon County leg of the Big Sweep is organized each year by Guy Gooder and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

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Proposed rules for outdoor advertising in highway rights of way

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing Monday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Asheville on proposed permanent rules pertaining to selective vegetation removal at permitted outdoor advertising locations within highway rights of way. The rules are available for review on the NCDOT website.

The meeting will take place at the City of Asheville Public Works Building, located at 161 South Charlotte Street, Room A-109. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early to allow ample time to sign in so meeting can begin promptly.

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Unfortunately for some North Carolinians, the effort to increase the age at which adolescents are charged as adults was halted yet again in Raleigh last week, say legislators.

Earlier this year, legislators introduced Senate Bill 434 to “raise the age” of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18. In previous years, the initiative died in committee in the form of other bills and without bipartisan support. As Republicans have taken the majority in Raleigh, the bill seemed promising for proponents of the initiative, as it gained steam due to the newfound support of Republicans.

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